- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Chain Sales Marketing Inc.; First Thus edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558361936
- ISBN-13: 978-1558361935
- Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,151,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WW II Air War : The Men, the Machines, the Missions Hardcover – 1998
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As befits its sub-title, the book is divided into three sections: 'The Men,' 'The Machines' and 'The Missions.' The first section has six articles on Erich Hartmann, Dick Bong, Butch O'Hare, etc. The middle section - 'Machines' - contains five articles spotlighting the Zero, the Mustang, the atomic bomb, buzz bombs and the Avenger. The final section is made up of six articles on famous missions such as the Dambuster strike, the Doolittle raid and the P-38 interception that killed Yamamoto.
Some well-known authors contributed to WWII AIR WAR including C. V. Glines, John Stanaway and Robert Mikesh. Each article is illustrated with black & white and/or color photographs and air combat artwork by the likes of Robert Taylor, Stan Stokes, Roy Grinnell, William S. Phillips and Harley Copic.
Despite its cobbled-together nature, WWII AIR WAR is a perfectly fine collection of stories on notable fliers, aircraft and missions. The artwork makes it an especially attractive package. Recommended.
NB. Though not as prolific or well known as others like Robert Taylor, Harley Copic, in my estimation, is THE best aviation artist of the past 30 years. In terms of technical accuracy and atmosphere, Copic was/is unbeatable. No one painted Mustangs better than Copic; check out his GENTILE AND GODFREY painting on p. 75!